The Dapper Gents were born from the open-mic/bar room rockin’ of Jake McCurdy and Mick Ramos in 2012. Upon moving from the Bangor area, they knew that if Portland was going to be their new home, they were going to need to add some folks who shared the same passion for genuine, get-you-out-your-seat folk/rock/mash-up/blues music they wanted to play. Over two flights of tequila and a craigslist ad, Eric Winter (of Primo Cubano) was the first to join the fray as the drummer and additional wise-ass in the operation. Soon enough however, after two practices, a consensus was reached that there was still something missing. Enter Clay Shanks, whose Texas blues swagger and powerful voice had been filling the halls of various open-mic nights all over town. After collaborating with Jake for a few duo shows, it was clear that the missing piece had been found.
The band performed all over the state as the core of Jake, Clay, Eric, and Mick from 2012-2014, with various guest stars from the rich Portland music scene dropping in to give support throughout that time(Danny Rand on Cello and Mike Maurice on Keys). Eventually, the other talents of some of the band’s members began to borrow them on a more full time basis. With Eric traveling to Barcelona and focusing his passion of Cuban music, Clay with his own brand of blues and rock originals taking off, and Mick off to Boston to eventually become a counselor who uses rock and roll performance as part of his work.
As for Danny and Jake, they've been playing duo shows together since the fall of 2013. They put their own twist on newer pop/rock/folk songs like Avicii's “Wake Me Up” and Milo Greene’s “1957”. You can catch them every Wednesday at Ri Ra and every Thursday at Bull Feeney’s.
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